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Finding the Time

I grabbed my keys to head to the store. All in all, I figured on about fifteen minutes or so.

I like to take these opportunities, small as they may be, to get some time with my kids individually. I came to the first who was walking down the hall.

“You want to run to the store with me?” I said.

“Nah,” came the response.

“Why? Are you sure?” I tried again.

“No, I don’t want to.”

I wandered into the living room where two kids sat watching TV. “Who wants to go to the store with me?”

“Not me,” came the reply in unison.

I had one more shot, but this child was on his mom’s iPad playing games.  “How about you? Will you come to the store with me?”

“No, I’m playing.”

I stood in the hallway as I looked around and turned from side to side, “No one wants to go with me? C’mon! It’ll just be a minute and you might enjoy it.”

“No thanks,” they all muttered.

What’s funny is that I had already decided that whoever went with me would get a candy bar. I don’t always do that, but I like to give them that every once in a while. If I said that, they would have been fighting over who got to go, but I didn’t want them to go for the candy bar. I wanted them to go because they wanted to spend time with their dad.

The connection I’m about to make has probably been spotted a mile away, but I know we all need reminders. Our heavenly Father loves us and wants to spend time with us. He tries to draw us into spending time with Him. He even has good things He wants to give us if we’ll lay down our own agendas and desires and just go with him.

We easily get sidetracked by distractions, by our own apathy, by our desire to do what we want to do. There’s no animosity. We’re just busy or have other things we’re doing. I’m as guilty as anyone.

I remind you as I remind myself: our Father has places to take us and it’s not just something to do, He wants to spend time with us. The more we draw near to Him, He draws near to us (James 4:8) and that is the greatest joy in life.

 But it is good for me to draw near to God; I have put my trust in the Lord God and made Him my refuge, that I may tell of all Your works. –Psalm 73:28

Do you hear the Father’s voice today? Are ready to draw closer?

16 Comments

  1. It’s so exciting to think of God as my Dad. My Dad loved to take me places, to show me off and to make me happy.
    He also gave discipline and structure.

    I get excited thinking of the great things God has in store for me! Who wouldn’t want to see what the God of the universe has up His sleeve?

    • Absolutely! And if I can love and give good gifts to my kids, then what will He do? He is the author of goodness--it’s His very nature. How wonderful to know Him and be with Him in the secret place! Thanks TC.

  2. Get used to it… It only gets worse! I’ve found a way to hang out with my youngest now… the bookstore!

    This is a great analogy, Jason. Simple, but aren’t they always the best lessons? It gets easier as I get older to seek my Father. I know the trouble that lies ahead when I try to live life without Him…

    • You’re so right, Floyd. When we get enough experience and understanding about where we’re headed without Him, it’s much easier to make the choice to give him the time--not a few begrudging moments, but all of it. Thanks, my friend!

  3. Great reminder and challenge Jason! I don’t want to miss out on time with my heavenly Father!
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    • Me either, Kevin. It’s too important! Thanks so much.

  4. I was reading the story of the feeding of the 5 thousand in Mark (Amplified bible) while reading it I see That Money provision was available to buy food for the hungry people. But Jesus stopped them and asked for what they had. The disciples heard the command and gave Jesus what was there Jesus blessed it and a act was done to prove something. Must people think this act was Jehovah Jireh our provider, But its not, If Jesus had given the command to go buy the stuff then it would of been a act of Jehovah Jireh. But in the end of the story It says they had way more than enough for left overs. What the disciples and people saw was an act of El Shaddai The God Of More Than Enough. The Spirit is saying EL Shaddai is always ready to act on behalf of those who will trust him.
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    • He reveals Himself so beautifully to us. He is indeed our El Shaddai and He is faithful always! Thanks Andrew.

  5. I think you hit on it Jason. I believe the Father wants us to spend time with Him just because He is. Not for what he can do or give us. Great story. So…did you get yourself a candy bar and come home eating it? LOL
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    • Believe me, I thought about doing that, Bill! Ha! Thanks so much. :)

  6. Absolutely love the “obvious” parallel you drew our attention to. God wants us to want Him. He wants us to want to spend time with Him.

    Without coercion or bribes.
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    • Exactly. It’s funny because I really wanted to give them the present too. I wanted to see their joy with it, but I also didn’t want them to go just because of that. I just wanted them to sit in the car with me, grab our groceries--just be together. Man, it makes me realize how many times I break the Father’s heart, but He still invites me again… Thanks Dusty.

  7. You’ve made a beautiful parallel here. God does so want to spend time with us. May we never be too busy or distracted not to be with Him.
    Blessings to you and thanks to Dusty for tweeting your link!
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    • Amen. Thanks so much, Martha (and Dusty). :)

  8. This reminds me of the many parents who leave their young children alone while in search of the lesser things in life: riches, popularity, etc. When the kids finally grow up, they do not have a relationship with the parent.
    It’s time to get back to God, because He is the most important part of our lives. He is our life!
    And yes, I am ready!
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    • So true! Everything good comes from Him. Why wouldn’t we want to stay close? Thanks Ed.